Tagged with public execution

A Poisoner Burned At The Stake

Burning a woman alive is generally associated with witches, but they were more commonly hanged in England. But it was the punishment for a woman killing her husband, who as a superior creature was deemed an act of treason rather than mere murder. This is a letter from ‘Ivelchester’ [ie Ilchester] published in the Bristol … Continue reading

Burned at the stake in Kent

This is from a book of old newspaper articles, News from the English Countryside 1750-1850. I’m tempted to put about half of them on the blog; there are some really great windows to our past, from a trial at Maidstone, Kent in July 1769: “On wednesday came on the trial of Susannah Lott, for the murder … Continue reading

A Cow Thief

This is from the Birmingham Gazette but is from Gloucester, April 1764 “Friday last Daniel Pugh was executed here for stealing 4 cows from Mr Renn? of Egbaston near Birmingham. His deportment was quite suitable for his melancholy situation. He confessed the fact and appeared perfectly resigned and he wore his shoud to the place … Continue reading

Eighteenth Century Justice

Extract from a Letter from Ivelchester, [ie Ilchester, Somerset] March 9 1765. This is a horrific account, of one of the last cases of a person being burnt to death. She was convicted of Petty Treason rather than murder, which would have been punished with hanging, as her husband was deemed to be her superior. … Continue reading